Vicodin, Norco, Lortab

vicodin oral solutionVicodin, Norco and Lortab are brand names of commonly prescribed opioid pills to treat symptoms of pain.  The active ingredients in this pill are hydrocodone (a narcotic pain reliever) and acetaminophen (non-narcotic pain reliever commonly found in Tylenol).   Patients are normally prescribed this schedule III drug to treat minor to moderate pain stemming from an injury or recovering from a surgery.  Prolonged misuse and abuse of this drug will cause someone to build a tolerance to in which more medication will need to be taken to feel its effects and will lead to dependency.  Most people don’t think of Vicodin, Norco or Lortab being in the same class of drugs as Heroin, but it is and it can be just as addictive.

Other Common or Street Names:  Vike’s, Vic’s, Magnums, 357’s and Hydro’s, Norco, Lorcet, Lortab

How people commonly use or ingest Vicodin:

Most people will ingest Vicodin by swallowing it in its natural pill form and sometimes it can be prescribed in an oral solution.  Some people will crush up the pill to powder form and inhale it in their nose.  Doing this provides a faster and more intense onset of its effects although user will find the “high” will not last as long as by swallowing it.  Vicodin can also be crushed and added into alcohol or laced in marijuana and smoked. People will also inject the pill into their body.  This is done by crushing up the pill and mixing it with a liquid and using a syringe to administer into the body.  This will make you feel the effects of the drug immediately.  This type of use promotes needle sharing and increases the chance of spreading HIV, Hepatitis and other dangerous diseases.

 

How to tell if someone is under the influence of Vicodin:

  • Overly relaxed
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shallow breathing
  • Lowered pulse
  • Light-headedness
  • Increased anxiety or fear

Signs of Addiction or Active Abuse:

  • Ongoing issues with pain, lying about symptoms to obtain more prescriptions
  • Finding pill bottles prescribed by several different Doctors
  • Wanting or requesting additional refills
  • Increased Irritability when running low or out of the medication
  • Spending unusual amounts of money
  • Changes in social habits

Symptoms of Withdrawal:  Under no circumstances should someone try to detox themselves from vicodin without the help of a qualified institution or professional.  Symptoms could range from mild to severe.

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Runny nose and eyes, excessive yawning
  • Dilated pupils
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Sleeplessness
  • Cold sweats and chills
  • Uncontrollable shaking or tremors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Mood swings and agitation

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